My Daily Mail take on Apple’s decision to invite third-party inspection of supplier factories in China. Will there be an impact on the company’s bottom line and on other U.S. electronics firms?
Despite all the hoopla in San Francisco last week with Steve Jobs’ unveiling of Apple’s tablet, a survey published in the Daily Telegraph tomorrow shows the British public is not impressed and a majority have no intention to buy. The biggest hurdle seems to be the cost for having a 3G version — respondents didn’t see the need to have a tablet they can walk around with and use out of range of an internet wireless connection or Hotspot.
The resistance also seems to be prompted by i-Pad’s middle position — neither a proper computer with a seriously functioning keyboard nor a convenient phone. As I blogged before — Apple should have gone for a netbook.
I am unconvinced by the i-Pad. You can’t use it as laptop, and it is a bigger version of an i-Phone without phone capability. E-readers are cheaper and my lightweight Apple Macbook is already an “entertainment experience” that I walk around with.
Steve Jobs can rely probably on Apple fans to buy thereby stopping it becoming a flop but I think the company should be producing a good Netbook, which, of course, Apple executives sneer at. Maybe the product will be better the second time round: it will have to be able to cope consistently with flash and be able to multi-task.
Why did innovative Apple go into business with AT&T, a company that makes GM appear cutting-edge? Last week, I got a new I-phone – great. Alas, AT&T is the exclusive carrier in the U.S. and what a nightmare company to deal with. Now I learn that to be able to make an overseas call and have international service I have to fax (!?) AT&T a copy of my passport, a utility bill, etc. Now that is 21st century! And people wonder why old US companies need the taxpayers to bail them out. This customer is off – back to T-mobile.